Industry Spotlight: Free Event

For the last three and a half years, we’ve been holding almost all of our events virtually. We were able to re-start our Bring Your Own Animation (BYOA) event in person this previous May and we’re happy to report people are starting to return in larger numbers. But we have not been able to run any of our large, annual events. Until now.

On Thursday, October 19 at 7:00pm, we will be bringing back our very popular Industry Spotlight event. We are also very excited to be hosting this event at FIT, with the support of the FIT Department of Illustration and Interactive Media. It has been almost five years since our last activity at FIT so it is nice to be back.

We normally charge for our events because there are always costs associated with our activities. However, for our first large event since the pandemic struck in March of 2020, we are going to make Industry Spotlight a free event as a way to encourage as many people as possible from the NYC-metropolitan area to attend. All we will be asking for is an RSVP from anyone that would like to attend. If you do not RSVP, we cannot guarantee admission to the event. The form to RSVP will be available on our web site and our Facebook page this week.

Industry Spotlight is always a fun event and a great way for the community to get together. We hope that after three and a half years, you’ll be able to join us on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at 7:00pm.

2019 Election Candidates

The Elections for 2019 – 2021 are upon us. If you are a current NYC ACM SIGGRAPH member you can expect a ballot in the mail soon. Ballots need to returned by August 31 (postmarked) to be counted.

Here are the nominees:

Scott Lang, Candidate for Vice-President

Bio – I have served as NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Vice-Chair for the last eight years. My main responsibility in this role is to organize the chapter’s events calendar. I have also co-chaired MetroCAF during this time and will be doing so again for 2019. I have also been involved with ACM SIGGRAPH as Executive Producer for the ACM SIGGRAPH SCOOP Team and for the ACM SIGGRAPH YouTube channel. When not volunteering for ACM SIGGRAPH, I work as the Video Production / Interactive Design Instructor at the Bergen County Academies, a magnet high school in northern New Jersey.

Statement – I have been involved with NYC ACM SIGGRAPH for three decades now and I continue to volunteer because I appreciate the opportunity to give back to a community that means a great deal to me. During my time as Vice-Chair I have been able to meet and work with a wide variety of people from all areas of the computer graphics and interactive techniques fields. Providing others with a platform to share and discuss their views, ideas, successes and failures is essential to the mission of NYC ACM SIGGRAPH. Allowing our members the chance to interact with those they might not otherwise come in contact helps lead to greater connections, larger networks, and more exchanges within the NYC-area digital media community.

We have had great success with a number of our existing events – BYOA, Industry Spotlight, MetroCAF – so those are terrific vehicles for us to build upon. Our partnerships with other groups such as Women In Animation have also been very positive so we’ll continue to grow those. However, I’d also like to see if we can plan more intimate events that give our members even greater access to area experts. One idea is a regularly scheduled panel held each month, featuring 3 – 4 speakers from different focus areas, which would allow for greater discussion amongst the panelists and our members. We are also working to bring back our very popular Member-Only Site Visits.

With your support, I look forward to serving as Vice-Chair for another two years. Thank you.

Mark Reynolds, Candidate for Secretary

Bio – Mark Reynolds is a freelance CG generalist whose VFX/compositing, 3D, and animation work has appeared on screens large, small, live, and virtual. He has served on the NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Board of Directors since 2014, as Secretary since 2016, and was co-chair of the 2015 and 2016 MetroCAFs.

Statement – During my time on NYC ACM SIGGRAPH’s Board of Directors (since 2014, and as Secretary since 2016), I have assisted in organizing and publicizing events, focusing on expanding our chapter’s network of friends and associates. This has included restructuring our monthly Bring Your Own Animation to include guest studio presenters (leading to dramatic growth in attendance); spearheading last year’s projections design panel; and working to connect our chapter with other likeminded local groups and communities. I have also stuffed my share of envelopes, worked the doors at events, and other such tasks that are essential to ensuring that NYC ACM SIGGRAPH remains a viable, dynamic machine.

So that’s the past, what about the future? Aside from making sure the envelopes continue to be stuffed and the e-mails sent, I would love to see us continue to make inroads to other local groups of related interests, including coders, app and software developers, and fine artists. Our chapter is on an exciting upward trajectory with the events we are hosting and the people with whom we are working, and I would like aid in this continued growth and help create new opportunities for NYC-area practitioners of the dark magick that is CG.

Danesh Taraporevala, Candidate for Director at Large

Bio – Hello!

My name is Danesh Taraporevala. I am a 3D artist available for freelance in New York. I have been freelancing around the city at Brand New School, Method, Artjail, Ntropic, The Molecule, R/GA, Sid Lee, Psyop, Charlex, Gravity (Formerly Rhino FX), The Napoleon Group, Tag Creative, Fake Love, Framestore, Suspect, TBWA and The Productive Studios.

My best skills are in Modeling, Texturing, Animation, Lighting in Arnold and Redshift and 3D layouts but I am also well versed in other mediums of 3D production as well.

You can find my work on

Statement – I have been a board member since 2017. I have actively participated in all activities related to NYC ACM SIGGRAPH. I along with other board members have been trying to grow our BYOA event bigger and bigger every year. We actively reach out to studios to see if they would join us as guests for every BYOA meet.

Besides BYOA I have also made sure I am present at every event and hope to continue to grow and serve the members better.

Tiffany Yu, Candidate for Director at Large

Bio – I’m an 2D/3D artist with special interest in Environment design. I’d love to be a part of the AMC SIGGRAPH New York chapter serving the community and contribute anyway I can.

Statement – I’d love to be a part of the community with fellow art lovers and enthusiasts. I would like to reach out to more audience and expose different aspects of arts and designs, so we all can learn, connect and grow a bigger better community.